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Wrongful Death

When someone you love dies as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, there is a lot to think about. While you mourn your loss, you are also faced with the unpleasant financial and legal issues that are involved with the death. Rather than trying to tie up the loose ends yourself, you should contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer to help you and your family get through the most difficult of times. Unfortunately, many of the most serious personal injury accidents result in the death of a family member and loved one, leaving lives devastated and filled with grief. At the Coye Law Firm, our attorneys and legal staff understand the painful and emotional experience of losing a loved one. We pride ourselves in offering aggressive representation and compassionate service to help you cope with the legal and personal aspects of your loss.

Accidental Death and Florida Law

Claims related to accidental, or wrongful, death result from a wide variety of accidents, including:
  • automobile accidents
  • transportation-related incidents
  • construction site accidents
  • defective products
  • medical negligence
  • dangerous premises
Like other personal injury laws, wrongful death claims can help with the financial and emotional impact of serious accidents, especially in regard to loss of earnings and medical expenses.

Wrongful Death Law

According to the Florida Wrongful Death Act , it is the public policy of the state to shift the resulting losses from the survivors of the decedent to the wrongdoer when wrongful death occurs. If your loved one's death has been caused by a wrongful act or the negligence of any person, including a death that occurred on navigable waters, and the event would have entitled the person injured to maintain an action and recover damages if death had not ensued, the person shall be liable for damages caused by the death. The action for wrongful death must be brought by the decedent's personal representative, commonly referred to as the executor of the estate, on behalf of all decedent's survivors entitled to recover damages. The damages may be awarded as listed in the Florida Wrongful Death Act.

Florida and federal law limits the amount of financial recovery available to the loved ones of victims of accidental deaths. For instance, wrongful death statutes limit the ability of parents to bring a wrongful death claim for adult children. For all claims related to the accidental loss of a loved one, Florida law requires that a claim be filed within two years of the date of the accident. An experienced wrongful death attorney can advise you on your rights concerning the loss of a family member.

To familiarize yourself with some of the paperwork that may be involved in your case, we've put up links to the tax forms that you may need to fill out regarding your loved one's finances.

Form 4506 : Request for Copy of Tax Return

Form 56 : Notice Concerning Fiduciary Relationship

Form 2848 : Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative

Experienced and Compassionate Representation

The experienced wrongful death lawyers at the Coye Law Firm can help you and your family deal with the aftermath of a wrongful death. Although we understand that nothing can replace your loved one, our offices in Orlando, Melbourne, Clermont, and Kissimmee can inform you of the financial and legal issues associated with your loss. Our compassionate attorneys and staff will provide you with care, support, and understanding that you have suffered not only from financial loss, but from ever-valuable human loss. contact the Coye Law Firm today for your free consultation and to find out how we can help you.

Our Florida attorneys can also assist individuals who have suffered the loss of a loved one with comprehensive service related to personal injury and probate. probate administration is, essentially, the process by which an individual’s possessions are distributed after death. Claims related to the administration of probate can be brought, by statute, during wrongful death proceedings. Florida laws governing probate can be complex, often requiring approval by the court and the assignment of personal representatives and guardians.

contact our wrongful death attorneys for accomplished representation in wrongful death claims and probate administration. We are proud to offer individuals help during the most difficult times in their lives and do all we can to make the process as easy as possible.